While my parents were alive, they really did not have any control over the choices that were made for the person that was ill merely by being the parents.
Hello Anonymous Caregiver, My mom found your response above to be very encouraging.You gave her hope for our youngest sibling who is currently on his second 5250 hold since March. I know you are probably very busy and don't want to go over telling your situation with your family member again, but my mom would like to find out what specific steps you took to get your brother the care he needs.Prayers help us all but thank God daily for good medicine and trained and caring health care workers. The caring professionals where they reside are reassuring and they are so under appreciated and greatly misunderstood by outsiders to the serious nature of mental health behaviors.Emotionally it is difficult but not caring for them this way would have been morally wrong of me. There does not seem to be a cure but maintenance must be established.Most other residents where my sibling lives are not looked in on by their family members at all. You as parents can do this and name someone to carry out your responsibility so that in the event of your death their care is continued to their best interest. You may need to call 911 to transport the individual to hospital but because you have guardianship, you can make that decision.
They may still refuse while in the hospital but in the proper care and under supervision the situation can be assessed so that the next appropriate procedures can be set in motion.
I could go into lots more detail but would rather protect some privacy.
A lawyer will know the proper procedure to take to bring this issue to court.
During or right after a hospitalization go for temporary guardianship. Don't ask for a big guardianship - ask to be able to get services, health care info etc..
If your son is like my brother he can't take care of himself in his condition.
My brother's illness has drained our family savings and we no longer have the resources. Thank you, Dexie Anonymous Caregiver, I also would like to know the steps you took to get there.